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Joe Payne

joe payne headshotAssociate Professor – Sound and Digital Media

101 McClung Tower
University of Tennessee
Knoxville, TN 37996
Phone: (865) 974-9385

Mr. Payne joined the Department of Theatre after ten years as resident sound designer for Pioneer Theatre Company and teaching sound and projection design for The University of Utah and Illinois State University. He has designed sound, projections, and/or composed music for more than 250 productions in theaters throughout the country, including eighteen years at the Utah Shakespeare Festival, Berkeley Rep, Syracuse Stage, Round House Theatre, Indiana Repertory Theatre, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, four years at The Virginia Stage Company, Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, Utah Opera and Symphony, The Fulton Opera House, Utah Musical Theatre, and others. Internationally, he has designed projections for the London based pop band WRENNE, and their international I Said Yes to Everything tour. Throughout each, he has mentored and taught countless assistants and technicians the art and technology of sound and projection design. He has taught master classes for various sections of the United States Institute for Theatre Technology, Southeastern Theatre Conference, Utah Theatre Association, and Illinois High School Theatre Festival.  He has the distinction of being the first Commissioner for the new USITT Digital Media Commission. His work has been internationally recognized at the most prestigious of juried theatrical design exhibitions, the Prague Quadrennial. In 2007 his original score and design was presented among the first sound designs ever allowed in the exhibition.  In the summer of 2015, his projection design for A Christmas Carol (Clarence Brown Theatre), and original score and sound design for The Tempest (The Utah Shakespeare Festival) were accepted into the United States’ submission to PQ.  In 2017 his sound design and composition for King Lear (The Utah Shakespeare Festival) was accepted into the international exhibition, World Stage Design, presented in Taipei. Mr. Payne is a member of United Scenic Artists Local 829.

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